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Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman will not be digitally recreated to appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The actor tragically died in February of a heroin overdose before he could complete the sci-fi film and director Francis Lawrence is determined to include the star in the scenes he couldn't complete, but will not settle for digitally enhancing his image into the movie.

"We finished the majority of his work. I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn't have any dialogue. We are going to put him into those scenes, but we're only using real footage. We're not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him," he said.

Shortly after his passing, studio Lionsgate, who is making the movies, said Philip would be recreated for scenes using CGI effects. Producer Nina Jacobson said they may give some of the star's character, Plutarch Heavensbee's, lines to other characters, but said that would happen "only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene."

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Neighbors

The Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy Neighbors stole The Amazing Spider-Man 2's thunder at the box office this weekend.

The Nick Stoller-directed flick pulled in $49 million while the superhero movie only managed to draw $35.5 million. The Other Woman and Heaven Is For Real both fell one spot to number three and four, respectively, with $9.6 million and $7.4 million. The other Marvel adaptation, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, dropped from number four to number five this week with $5.7 million.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Although it may not have been one of the biggest openings for a superhero film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still managed to defeat its competition at the box office this weekend.

With $91.6 million, the Marvel reboot was able to knock down last week's number one film, The Other Woman, to the number two spot, as the Cameron Diaz comedy only managed to pull in $14.4 million. Heaven Is for Real remained at number three with $8.6 million, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell two spots to number four with $7.77 million. Rio 2 rounded out the top five with $7.71 - down one spot from last week.

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Divergent

Touted as the next Hunger Games, Divergent seems to have begun slipping into that title this weekend with its $56 million debut.

The latest Muppets film, Muppets Most Wanted, debuted in second place with a modest $16.5 million while last week's top film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, was subsequently bumped down to number three with $11.7 million. 300: Rise of an Empire also fell two places with its $8.6 million, and newcomer God's Not Dead landed at number five with $8.5 million.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

After having lost out to 300: Rise of An Empire when it debuted last week, animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman came out on top this past weekend with $21.8 million.

The sequel to 2006's 300 came in second place with $19.1 million while Need for Speed debuted at number three with $17.8 million. Non-Stop fell one spot from number three to number four with $10.6 million, and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club rounds out the top five with its debut weekend gross of $8 million.

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Jennifer Lawrence in 'American Hustle'+ It's a good thing that Jennifer Lawrence's white dress from American Hustle only cost $3.99 for a yard of the fabric: costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that the actress got into some trouble eating Doritos while in costume. Yeah, we're not surprised, either.

+ Disney/Marvel announced that the sequel to Thor: The Dark World has been greenlit, adding that Christopher Yost (who co-wrote Thor: The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (who produced both Thor films) are set to write it.

+ Twilight alum Nikki Reed has been cast in horror film Email, which will be set in Singapore. Perhaps this latest American-take-on-Asian-horror project will serve as her springboard onto bigger projects, as it seemed to do for Naomi Watts (almost forgot that she was in The Ring, eh?).

+ Forest Whitaker will be taking a step behind the camera to direct Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling book The Shack.

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Ride Along

With few newcomers this past weekend, it was easy for the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart buddy cop comedy, Ride Along, to maintain its top box office position. The runner-ups in second and third place - Lone Survivor and The Nut Job - also remained in their box office positions.

Ride Along took in $21.2 million while Lone Survivor and The Nut Job took in $12.9 million and $12.1 million, respectively. Frozen came up one spot to number four from last week with $9.1 million while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit pulled in $9 million, dropping down one spot to number five.

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan filming 'Fifty Shades of Grey'+ Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh is set to make his debut as a theater director for an off-Broadway play starring Chloe Moretz. Titled The Library, the play - which was penned by Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns - centers on the subject of gun violence.

+ Staying true to his previous Twitter announcement about retiring, Shia LaBeouf has now exclaimed on the social networking site that he's no longer famous.

+ The upcoming Roger Ebert documentary, Life Itself, is set to debut at Sundance this Sunday.

+ Filming Fifty Shades of Grey continues in Vancouver as new photos of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan on set have been released.

+ You might hate her on American Horror Story, but the new trailer for Adult World might make you fall for Emma Roberts, who plays an aspiring poet trying to "cut the umbilical cord" by getting a job at an adult bookstore.

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Lone Survivor

Although Frozen made a triumphant journey to the top spot last weekend, the release of Mark Wahlberg's war drama Lone Survivor brought the animated film to its knees, relegating it to second place.

Lone Survivor gained the most with its wide release this week, bringing it from 38th place to the top with its $38.5 million while Frozen earned $15 million. Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street made it to third place - one spot up from last week - with $9 million. The Legend of Hercules bombed with its debut of $8.6 million, marking it at number four. American Hustle stayed put at number five with $8.6 million.

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Frozen

After weeks at the box office under the shadow of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen finally reached number one this weekend, despite the ambitious debut of the latest Paranormal Activity installment.

Frozen took in $19.5 million to earn its number one title while Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones placed number two in its first weekend with $18.3 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell two spots to number three with $15.6 million while The Wolf of Wall Street jumped from fifth to fourth place with $13.2 million. Lastly, American Hustle rounded out the top five with $12.4 million, having also jumped one spot from last weekend.

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